Futsal experience for Priestley footballers

Last night Priestley college took 10 footballers to participate in a Manchester Futsal training session.

Futsal is a variant of association football played on a hard court, smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors.

It can be considered a version of five-a-side football. Futsal began in the South American countries of Uruguay and Brazil.

In Brazil, the large crowded cities and a shortage of playing pitches forced a football mad populace to play small sided football.

A version began to develop on the streets of Sao Paulo, leading to the publishing of the first rules of the game in 1936 from the country that would soon become the masters of the game.

Futsal has been adopted by Spain who play the game in teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona which have led to the development of some of the best players in the world.

The lads were split into two teams who played three games each. The first was an internal game where we played ourselves (5v5) to enable the lads to get used to the game tactics and rules. After that the two teams split and they played two games against Manchester Futsal youth players.

The games were highly competitive and after a draw and defeat the Priestley College teams came out on top in their final games winning 6-4 and 5-4.

The Priestley College students learnt about the importance of passing and moving as well as close control and support play.

It was a hugely enriching experience with several Priestley students being touted by the Manchester Futsal Academy coaches as potential Futsal players.

We will be providing Priestley Footballers with the opportunity to participate in Futsal at the end of our regulation season.

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